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BIO: Target Tax Credits to foster jobs and economic growth.

December 16, 2011

BIO submitted written testimony to Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure for "Alternative Energy Tax Incentives" hearing. Citing federal incentives that are set to expire, Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, stated that extension and expansion of said incentives is "necessary to drive continued investment" in advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Guide helps implement energy savings plan.

December 16, 2011

"Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation" provides technical guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits, and renovations by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30% improvement in energy performance relative to range of benchmark energy utilization indexes. Book features practical means and methods for planning, executing, and monitoring effective program, based on widely available techniques and technologies. Read More

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IPC Technical Conference to cover lead-free alloys.

December 16, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 28 to March 1, 2012, IPC APEX EXPO® will feature new research and innovations in printed board design and manufacturing as well as electronics assembly and test. Industry experts will present 100+ papers in technical areas including lead-free alloys and reliability, halogen-free, high temperature laminates, and counterfeit components. Special track on printed electronics will highlight advanced materials, emerging technologies, and standards development initiatives. Read More

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IPC Expands Industry-Wide Communications via new e-publication.

December 15, 2011

Launching January 2012, IPC Outlook will feature multimedia information that helps engineers and managers succeed in their jobs. Electronic newsletter and Web portal will focus on technology, standards, best practices, and industry research. Distribution will be weekly, and regular features will include sections on cleaning, new product innovations, expert Q/A, defect analysis, materials, production floor, supply chain, and IPC updates. Read More

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Early LAM 2012 Registration now available.

December 15, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 29 to March 1, LIA's 4th Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop will bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied to today's manufacturing challenges. Some topics will include future of additive manufacturing, applications in direct part manufacturing, cladding for oil and gas industries, laser sintering injection molding, wear and corrosion protection, and powder delivery systems. Read More

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Fatigue and Fracture Symposium issues call for papers.

December 15, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 14, 2012, symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Metallic Medical Materials and Devices will provide updated set of presentations on mechanics principles as applied to fatigue, fracture, and life predictive methodologies involved in metallic medical materials. It will illustrate what techniques developed in past few years are now being applied to design and durability assessment of medical devices where fatigue initiation and crack propagation are of major concern. Read More

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NSTB calls for nationwide ban on PEDs while driving.

December 15, 2011

Following Board meeting on the 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Missouri, NTSB called for nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices. Safety recommendation also urges use of NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of new law and heightened enforcement. According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents. Read More

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Optical Fiber Innovation could foster microresonator production.

December 15, 2011

"Surface nanoscale axial photonics: Robust fabrication of high quality factor microresonators" describes solution to making microresonators capable of storing light as memory for light-speed computing calculations. Researchers developed way to create microresonators by making nanoscale changes to diameter of normal optical fiber. Resulting narrow sections can confine light, sending it on back-and-forth corkscrew path inside length of optical fiber and creating microresonator. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses low voltage circuit breakers.

December 15, 2011

NEMA has published NEMA AB 5-2011, which examines selective coordination at high levels of short circuit fault current in instantaneous region of circuit breaker time-current curve by use of selective coordination tools. Standard includes both molded case circuit breakers and insulated case circuit breakers, and is designed to insure that manufacturers are consistent in methods that they use in validating information that is published in selective coordination tools. Read More

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AIA Addresses EU non-compliance with WTO subsidies ruling.

December 15, 2011

AIA affirmed its support for Office of U.S. Trade Representative request for consultations on December 1 European Union compliance report on eliminating aircraft subsidies contrary to World Trade Organization rules. This process should result in ending non-compliant launch aid for aircraft production, loans provided by European governments that reduce business risk of introducing new-model airplanes. AIA supports WTO as arbiter of international trade disputes. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey addresses Export-Import Bank reauthorization.

December 15, 2011

According to statement made by Marion C. Blakey, AIA is deeply concerned that Congress has not passed long-term reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank and strongly urges passage of 4-year reauthorization before current authorization expires Dec 16. U.S. companies face stiff competition from overseas competitors who have unfettered access to similar export credit programs. Denial of Export-Import Bank support to U.S. manufacturers is tantamount to unilateral disarmament in marketplace. Read More

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EPA approves 3 alternative refrigerants.

December 15, 2011

Through Significant New Alternatives Policy program, EPA has added 3 hydrocarbons as acceptable alternatives in household and small commercial refrigerators and freezers. Propane, isobutane, and R-441A can be used to replace ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon-12 and hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22. Replacing older refrigerants will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 600,000 metric tons by 2020, equal to emissions from annual electricity use of nearly 75,000 homes. Read More

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BIO Applauds House, Senate for SBIR Reauthorization deal.

December 15, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood praised House and Senate for reaching deal on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Reauthorization as amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1540). In his statement, Greenwood noted how "SBIR provides much needed funding for the development of innovative medical therapies" and specifically applauded House and Senate leadership for efforts in advancing this measure. Read More

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ASABE Revises Test Procedure for agricultural braking systems.

December 14, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard ANSI/ASAE S365.9, Braking System Test Procedures and Braking Performance Criteria for Agricultural Field Equipment, has been updated to reflect current technology as well as anticipate future incorporation of towed machinery systems. Copy of this document is available for order, and electronic copy can also be viewed by ASABE members as well as those with site-license privileges to ASABE online Technical Library. Read More

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BSA opens registration for 2012 Annual Convention.

December 14, 2011

BSA is encouraging industry leaders to register for association's 2012 Annual Convention planned for April 29 to May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL. Early registrants save on registration by leveraging Early Bird rates for distributor members and participating manufacturers. To facilitate early registration, BSA has launched 2012 Annual Convention website, featuring detailed look at business program and networking opportunities. Read More

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Cold Climate Conference extends call for papers to Jan 6.

December 14, 2011

Hosted by ASHRAE, Cold Climate HVAC 2012 will provide key elements of strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, and manufacturers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality, with minimum use of resources and energy. Scientific Committee seeks papers featuring innovations in cold climate HVAC design, such as new technologies and applications, improved methodologies, improvements to computational models, and novel avenues of research. Read More

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Study Finds Failure Points in firefighter protective equipment.

December 14, 2011

In fire experiments conducted in Chicago-area townhouses, NIST researchers uncovered temperature and heat-flow conditions that can damage facepiece lenses on firefighter breathing equipment. Findings are detailed in "Fire Exposures of Fire Fighter Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepiece Lenses," which was sponsored by U.S. Fire Administration and Department of Homeland Security and is an important step toward improving vulnerable component of firefighter's protective gear. Read More

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NIST publishes revised biometric standard.

December 14, 2011

Referenced as ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011, Data Format for Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial and Other Biometric Information expands type and amount of information that forensic scientists can share across international networks. New types of biometric data, such as DNA and plantars/footprints were added as well as updates to existing record types. Extended Feature Set allows for marking and exchanging latent ridge print information, ensuring analysts use same terminology, references, and procedures. Read More

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Paint and Coating Testing Manual is offered in updated version.

December 14, 2011

Paint and Coating Testing Manual: 15th Edition of the Gardner-Sward Handbook is available from ASTM International. Total of 79 chapters, written by experts in their fields, feature new and updated technologies within paint and coating industry, covering 16 years since the last edition was published. Briefly and critically, manual describes most ASTM test methods that are significant in paint technology. Read More

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Institute announces 2012 Executive Team and new Board members.

December 14, 2011

RK Stewart, chosen as Chair, is an associate principal in the San Francisco office of architecture firm Perkins+Will. James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, is the code administrator for city of Overland Park, KS and was chosen as Vice Chair. John P. Kelly, chosen as Secretary, recently retired as executive VP of Ryan Companies US, Inc. Edd Soenke, picked for Treasurer, is principal of The Design Partnership. New members to the Board include Wally Bailey, Cheryl English, and Thomas Mitchell. Read More